Style Challenge: Silver + White Mantel

November 15th, 2012

Hello all!  I wanted to share a silver and white mantel I created for the Home Depot Apron blog as part of their Holiday Season Style Challenge!

mantel for hd mercury glass

silver and white mantel centsational girl

 

Hop on over to The Apron blog to read the details about this wintery sparkly space!

style challenge for home depot

Thanks to the Home Depot for inviting me to be a part of the series, don’t miss all of the inspiring ideas from fellow bloggers in the Style Challenge!

Ho ho ho! 

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Crème Fraîche

November 14th, 2012

I’ve had a long time love affair with potatoes, in fact when I was a young girl my grandmother nicknamed me “Spuds”.   I’m serious.  Just ask my Memah, it’s true!

I love potatoes fried, scalloped, roasted, baked, and mashed!  And have I expressed my love for crème fraîche here yet?   Well please allow me to.  Crème fraîche is like non-sour sour cream or unsweetened whipped cream or the combination of non-sour sour cream and unsweetened whipped cream or something like that and it’s a totally divine invention by the French that you can use in both savory and sweet dishes.  I love it!

This week we’ve all got Thanksgiving on our minds so I thought it timely to share my mashed potatoes recipe because it combines butter, roasted garlic, half & half and crème fraîche and truly you can’t go wrong with that combination!   Whenever I make this my yoga pants say “bring it” but my jeans beg to differ.  Beware, this ain’t low calorie!  But hey, who cares about things like waistlines when it’s Thanksgiving!

roasted garlic mashed potatoes with creme fraiche

 

Ingredients for 8 servings:

7 large russet potatoes

8-10 cloves of roasted garlic*

3-4 tbsp olive oil

1 cup half & half

1 tsp salt (or ½ tsp if you’re sensitive)

1 stick (or ½ cup butter) at room temperature

7 oz. crème fraîche

 

ingredients

 

First things first, you need to roast yerself some garlic!  Open up your windows because in a few minutes your kitchen will smell grrrrrreat!  But stinky.  *To roast garlic, cut the tops off of two heads of garlic (I roast extra and store them in the fridge for the future).

cut garlic heads

 

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